- Most frequently used documentation sections
- Build fails or behaves differently in TeamCity but not locally
- Build is slow under TeamCity
- Started Build Agent is not available on the server to run builds
- Artifacts of a build are not cleaned
- Database-related issues
- "out of memory" error with internal (HSQLDB) database
- The transaction... log is full
- The table 'table_name' is full
- Unable to extend ... segment ... in tablespace ...
- Queued builds do not start
- Database character set/collation-related problems
- 'This driver is not configured for integrated authentication' error with MS SQL database
- Protocol violation error (Oracle only)
- Common Maven issues
- "Critical error in configuration file" errors
- TeamCity installation problems
- Problems with TeamCity NuGet Feed
- Problems with .Net-related TeamCity Tools
Most frequently used documentation sections
Build fails or behaves differently in TeamCity but not locally
If a build fails or otherwise misbehaves in TeamCity but you believe it should not, please check that the build runs fine on the same machine as the TeamCity agent and under the same user that the agent is running, with the same environment variables and the same working directory.
If the TeamCity build agent is installed as a Windows service, try running the TeamCity agent from the command line. See also Windows Service limitations.
If this fixes the issue, you can try to figure out why running under the service is a problem for the build. Most often this is service-specific and is not related to TeamCity directly. Also, you can setup the TeamCity agent to be run from the console all the time (e.g. configure an automatic user logon and run the agent on the user logon).
Here are the detailed steps you can use to run a build from the command line:
Assuming you have a configured build in TeamCity which is failing, do the following:
- run the build in TeamCity and see it misbehaving
- disable the agent so that no other builds run on it. This can be done while the build is still in progress
- log in to the agent machine using the same user as the one running the TeamCity agent (check the right user in the machine processes list)
- stop the agent
- in a command line console, "cd" to the checkout directory of the build in question (the directory can be looked up in the beginning of the build log in TeamCity)
- run the build with a command line as you would do on a developer machine. This is runner-dependent. (For some runners you can look up the command line used by TeamCity in the build log, see also the
logs\teamcity-agent.logagent log file for the command line used by TeamCity)
- if the build fails - investigate the reason as the issue is probably not TeamCity-related and should be investigated on the machine.
- if it runs OK, continue
- in the same console window "cd" to <TeamCity agent home>\bin and start TeamCity agent from there with the
- ensure the runner settings in TeamCity are appropriate and should generate the same command line as you used manually
- run the build in TeamCity selecting the agent in the Run custom build dialog
- when finished, enable the agent
If the build succeeds from the console but still fails in TeamCity, please use a command line runner in TeamCity to launch the same command as in the console. If it still behaves differently in TeamCity, most probably this is an environment or a tool issue.
If the command line runner works but the dedicated runner does not while the options are all the same, please create a new issue in our tracker detailing the case. Please attach all the build step settings, the build log, all agent logs covering the build, the command you used in the console to run the build and the full console output of the build.
Build is slow under TeamCity
If you experience slow builds, the first thing to do is to check the build log to see if there are some long operations or the time is just spread over the entire process.
You can compare build logs of slower and faster builds to figure out what the difference is.
You can also run the build from the console on the same machine as detailed above to see if there is any difference between the build run from the console and the build in TeamCity.
If the slowness is spread over all the operations, the agent machine resources (CPU, disk, memory, network) are to be analyzed during the build to see if there is a bottleneck in any of those. If there is, the process loading the resource is to be found and investigated (e.g. with the help of the thread dump taken via "View thread dump" link on the running build results).
If there is some long operation and it is a TeamCity-related one (before start or after end of the actual build process), the TeamCity agent and server are to be analyzed (logs and thread dumps).
If you want to turn to us with the issue, please describe the visible effects, detail the process of investigation and attach the build log, full agent logs and other data collected.
Started Build Agent is not available on the server to run builds
First start of agent after installation or TeamCity server upgrade/plugin installation can take time as agent downloads updates form the server and auto-upgrades.
Regularly, agent should become connected in 1 to 10 minutes, depending on the agent/server network connection speed.
If the agent is not connected within that time, check the name of the agent (as configured in conf\buildAgent.properties file) and check the tabs under the Agents server UI section:
- the agent is under Connected - the agent is ready to run builds
- the agent is under Disconnected - the agent was connected to the server, but became disconnected. Check the "Inactivity reason" in the table. If the reason is "Agent has unregistered (will upgrade)", then wait for several more minutes
- the agent is under Unauthorized - all the agents connected to the server for the first time should be authorized by a server administrator
If the agent stays in the state for more than 10 minutes and you have a fast network connection between the agent and the server, please:
- check the agent process is running and the serverURL in conf\buildAgent.properties is correct;
- check that all the requirements are met;
- check agent logs (teamcity-agent.log, launcher.log, upgrade.log) for any related messages/errors;
- check server logs (teamcity-server.log) for any messages/errors mentioning agent name or IP.
If you cannot find the cause of the delayed agent upgrade in the logs, contact us and provide the full agent and server logs. Please also check/include the state of the agent processes (java ones) on the agent machine.
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Artifacts of a build are not cleaned
If you encounter a case when artifacts are preserved while they should have been removed by the server cleanup process, please check:
- the cleanup rules of the build configuration in question, artifacts cleanup section
- presence of the icon "This build is used by other builds" in the build history line (prior to Pin action/icon on Build History)
- build's Dependencies tab, "Delivered Artifacts" section. For every build configuration, check whether "Prevent dependency artifacts clean-up" is turned ON (this is default value). If it is, then the build's artifacts are not cleaned because of the setting.
Read more on cleanup settings.
"out of memory" error with internal (HSQLDB) database
If during the TeamCity server start-up you encounter errors like:
"error in script file line: ... out of memory"
"java.sql.SQLException: out of memory",
perform the following:
- try increasing server memory. If this does not help, most probably this means that you have encountered internal database corruption. You can try to deal with this corruption using the notes based on the HSQLDB documentation.
A way to attempt a manual database restore:
- stop the TeamCity server
- backup the <TeamCity Data Directory>/system/buildserver.data file
- remove the <TeamCity Data Directory>/system/buildserver.data file and replace it with zero-size file of the same name
- start the TeamCity server
However, if the database does not recover automatically, chances that it can be fixed manually are minimal.
The internal (HSQL) database is not stable enough for production use and we highly recommend using an external database for TeamCity non-evaluation usage.
If you encountered database corruption, you can restore the last good backup or drop builds history and users, but preserve the settings, see Migrating to an External Database#Switching to Another Database.
The transaction... log is full
This error can occur with an MS SQL or Sybase database. In this case we recommend increasing the transaction log for the TeamCity database. The log size can be 1 - 16 GB depending on the number of build agents in the system and the number of tests all agents report daily.
The table 'table_name' is full
This error can occur with a MySQL database. The error indicates that the database has run out of free space either on the disk where the database files are located or in the temp directory.
Unable to extend ... segment ... in tablespace ...
This error can occur with an Oracle database. The error indicates that Oracle could not obtain more space for a table or an index as the database has run out of space on the disk or the specified quotas are insufficient.
Queued builds do not start
The problem above (e.g. with the "
Failed to associate build with promotion, promotion was not persisted" message in the server log) may be caused by the enabled "NOCOUNT" setting on the MS SQL server, which TeamCity does not support.
To resolve the issue, contact your DBA to disable the setting as described here.
Database character set/collation-related problems
Character set/collation mismatch
TeamCity reports character set/collation mismatch error: database tables/columns have a character set or collation that is not the same as the default character set or collation in your database schema.
TeamCity displays ???? instead of national symbols
If you want to allow your local characters in texts in TeamCity (e.g. VCS messages, test names, user names, etc.), you need to migrate to a database with the appropriate character set.
"Unique key violations" or "Duplicates found" error on restore from backup
TeamCity server restoration from a backup may fail with errors like
"Unique key violation" or
"Duplicates found" if the character sets (or collations) of the source and destination databases are not the same, and the cardinality of the destination character set is less than that of the source database.
To resolve the problem, select and set up the proper character set (and collation) for the destination database.
As for case sensitivity, the possible transitions are:
CS → CS
CI → CS
CI → CI
However, it is recommended to always use CS.
If the source character set is Unicode or UTF, the destination one must also be Unicode or UTF.
If the source character set is 8-bit non-UTF, the destination one can be the same or Unicode/UTF.
This applies to TeamCity 6.0 and above.
Character set/collation-related problems
To fix a problem, perform the following steps:
- Create a new database with the appropriate character set and collation. For the database-specific information, see PostgreSQL, MySQL
MS SQL. If you are using MySQL or MS SQL, we recommend using the case-sensitive collation to avoid issues with agents on Unix-like OS.
- Copy the current
TeamCity Data Directory
>/config/database.propertiesfile, and change the database references in the copy to the newly created database.
- Stop the TeamCity server.
maintainDBtool to migrate to the new database:
Depending on the size of your database, the migration may take from several minutes to several hours. For more information on the
maintainDB tool, see this section.
- Upon the successful completion of the database migration, the
maintainDBtool should update the
TeamCity Data Directory
>/config/database.propertiesfile with references to the new database. Ensure that the file has been updated. Edit the file manually if the tool fails to do it automatically.
- Start the TeamCity server.
'This driver is not configured for integrated authentication' error with MS SQL database
During TeamCity installation, the following error might occur when connecting and creating the MS SQL database with integrated security: "SQL error when doing: Taking a connection from the data source: This driver is not configured for integrated authentication."
The most common reason for the problem is the different bitness of the
sqljdbc_auth.dll MS SQL shared library and the JRE used by TeamCity.
To solve the problem, do the following:
- Make sure you use the MS SQL native driver (downloadable from the Microsoft Download Center).
- Use the right JRE bitness — ensure that you are running TeamCity using Java with the same bitness as your
sqljdbc_auth.dllMS SQL shared library.
By default, TeamCity uses the 32-bit Java. However, both 32-bit and 64-bit Java versions can be used.
To run TeamCity with the required JRE, do one of the following:
- either set the TEAMCITY_JRE environment variable
or remove the JRE bundled with TeamCity from
<TeamCity home>/jre and set JAVA_HOME.
See also this related external posting.
Protocol violation error (Oracle only)
This error can occur when the Oracle JDBC driver is not compatible with the Oracle server. For example, Oracle JDBC driver version 11.1 is not compatible with Oracle server version 10.2.
In order to resolve the problem, use the Oracle JDBC driver from your Oracle server installation, or download the driver of the same version as the Oracle server.
Common Maven issues
There are two kinds of Maven-related issues commonly seen in the TeamCity build configurations:
- Error message on "Maven" tab of build configuration: "An error occurred during collecting Maven project information ... "
- Error message in build configuration with Maven dependencies trigger activated: "Unable to check for Maven dependency Update ..."
If the build configuration produces successful builds despite displaying such error messages, these errors are likely to be caused by the server-side Maven misconfiguration.
To collect information for the Maven tab, or to perform Maven dependencies check (for the trigger), TeamCity runs the embedded Maven. The execution is performed on the server machine, and any agent-side maven settings are not accessible. TeamCity resolves the
settings.xml files on the server-side separately, as described on this documentation page.
It makes sense to check if the
server-side settings.xml files contain correct information about remote repositories, proxies, mirrors, profiles, credentials etc.
"Critical error in configuration file" errors
If you encounter the error, it means the settings stored in the TeamCity Data Directory are in inconsistent state. This can occur after manual change of the files or if newer version of TeamCity starts to report the inconsistencies.
To resolve the issue, you can edit the file noted in the message on the server file system. (make sure to create backup copy of the file before any manual edits). Usually server restart is not necessary for the changes to take effect.
VCS root with id "XXX" does not exist
The build configuration or template reference a VCS root which is not defined in the system.
Remedy actions: Restore the VCS root or create a new VCS root with the id noted or edit the file noted in the message to remove the reference to the VCS root.
TeamCity installation problems
If the TeamCity Web UI cannot be accessed after installation, you might be running TeamCity on a port that is already in use by another program. Check and configure your TeamCity installation.
Problems with TeamCity NuGet Feed
If you are experiencing issues with partial TeamCity NuGet Feed, i.e. missing NuGet packages etc., you might have to reindex the TeamCity NuGet Feed.
Since TeamCity 9.0, to force TeamCity to reindex all available packages and reset the NuGet package list, navigate to the server Administration| Diagnostics | Caches and use the buildsMetadata Reset link.
For earlier versions, refer to this section.
Problems with .Net-related TeamCity Tools
Startup performance issues
After upgrade to TeamCity 9.0 or later, .NET Framework below version 4.0 installed on TeamCity agents may cause performance issues of .Net-related TeamCity tools due to Code access security (CAS) policy imposed by Microsoft.
To solve the issue, use one of the options:
Add the following setting described in the Microsoft documentation to the
machine.configfile on all agents:
You can modify the machine.config file as described in this external blog post and pass this config file to all agents, e.g. using a custom script.
Alternatively, upgrade .Net Framework on the TeamCity agents to version 4.0 and above. Details are available in the Microsoft documentation.